New women's hockey league likely to attract Olympic talent

May 22, 2015

The National Women's Hockey League opens this fall with four franchises, including the Buffalo Beauts who will play home games at HARBORCENTER. League commissioner Dani Rylan says fans can expect an entertaining, fast-paced game.

A former college hockey star at Northeastern University, Dani Rylan serves as commissioner of the NWHL.
Credit photo from Dani Rylan linkedin page

Though play doesn't begin until this fall, fans can get can get an early glimpse during training camps at HARBORCENTER, Saturday from 6:15-7:45 p.m. and Sunday from 3:45-5:15 p.m.

"Even though there's no open-ice checking, the women's game is still a very physical game," Rylan told WBFO News.

"The flow of the game is extremely fast-paced. A lot of people do enjoy watching the women's game. You can see the play develop. You can see the passes."

In an ever-crowded sports landscape, Rylan believes her league will find its place. With only four teams and 72 players, fans are sure to see skilled, highly-motivated players.

"It's fair to say that all the players in this league will be training to compete in the next Olympics," Rylan said.

"There are little girls who want to grow up to be professional hockey players and their parents want them to have that dream as well."